The Government has said that it is to further guarantee the quality of its apprenticeship programme with the publication of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England.
The aim of the new document is to ensure that all apprenticeships deliver "high quality, nationally-recognised qualifications relevant to the skill, trade or occupation of the learner and employer"; that all apprenticeships offer individuals appropriate training to achieve a good standard of literacy and numeracy (and ICT where relevant to the skill, trade or occupation); and that every apprentice will receive at least 280 hours of guided learning per year.
The Government says it will increase annual funding for adult apprenticeships by up to £250m above the £398m a year funded by the last Government, by 2014-15, and it will reform the programme to deliver 75,000 more apprenticeship places at advanced level and above.
The question has to be asked, though, in an age of austerity where is all of the money going to come from?
This was first published in February 2011